Once in a while, the fitness bug hits you. You wake up one morning needing to do some physical activity. It could be getting a new membership at that swanky gym near work or something as simple as starting a morning jogging routine.
And, if you’re like me, you’ll buy a big bag of protein shake for that no fuss pre and post-workout drink. It gives me an energy boost before I start my morning run, as well as an amazing recovery drink afterward.
But drinking protein shakes can be quite boring. No matter what the fancy flavor, like double chocolate fudge and vanilla ice cream, they always taste like chocolate yuck or vanilla belch.
So I try to look for ways to add a little spice to my protein shake. For my pre-workout, I add some bananas and strawberries to my chocolate flavored protein shake, and a little bit of almond milk and mango in my post workout treat.
And this is where my trusty blender is such a life saver. Protein powders are usually chalky and quite clumpy so mixing them with a spoon can be quite the kitchen nightmare. Plus, if you want to add those fruits and other ingredients, you’ve no choice but to whip them all in a blender for that well blended, smoothie texture.
Today, I would like to help you to choose a great blender for your protein shake needs. This is information I have researched in the past which I would now like to share with you.
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No question about it, the size of the motor is really important when you want a blender for protein shakes.
If you plan on just using it on milk/water and powder then a smaller motor will suffice, but if you are planning to blend your protein with fruits, vegetables or ice, then a strong watt blender is important.
There is no other way to put it, making protein shakes concoctions can get pretty messy, as the powder clogs up the blades. Since you normally mix a wide array of ingredients in a protein drink, such as fruits, vegetables, and even nuts, then it’s wise to get one that is easy to clean.
Furthermore, the mixing of different types of ingredients can mean some of it to sticks to your blender so it’s a good idea to get one with parts that won't start to smell.
If you are one of those workout warriors that needs a buddy when working out, whether that is your wife, brother, or best friend, then check out the Ninja Mega Kitchen System.
One big plus about this particular model is that it comes with two smoothie cups perfect for you and your workout partner. Or if you are like me, you'll make two smoothies - one a pre-workout shake and the other a post-workout drink that I place in the refrigerator.
The design of the product looks like every other Ninja kitchenware - sleek and modern with that nice looking stainless steel finish.
Quite honestly, it’s utter nonsense to use this multi-use kitchen marvel just to make your protein shakes, as it also does a lot of the other kitchen chores for you.
This particular model has an 8-cup food processor bowl that can do your chopping for you and even dough making tasks. Not only does this mean machine make a good workout shake, you can also do a loaf of bread to go along with it.
The Ninja Mega Kitchen System has an incredible 2.0 horsepower motor, meaning it generates a lot of motor crunch. So tasks like crushing ice, fruits, and vegetables will be a breeze.
In one of the tests I saw, it whipped ice cubes into snow in a matter of seconds. It can also turn vegetables and fruits into a thick puree.
The blender is quite big, it’s ideal if you have a big workout group, as the blender jar has a capacity of 72 oz. or 9 cups.
There is one caveat, however, and that’s the amount of noise that it makes. It definitely won't win you any best neighbor awards if you live in an apartment with really thin walls.
With increasing information being available about different kinds of superfoods, people have been trying to concoct a complete type of health shakes. From blueberries to kale, to almonds, there has been an ongoing rush to create the best concoction when creating a super shake.
And it is definitely no secret that you need a really good blender to create this. One that can crush nuts to powder but is precise enough to turn fruits into juice that is not too pulpy.
This is where the Oster Versa Performance Blender really shines. It has a powerful 1400-watt motor with 6 pronged stainless steel blades that spins at over 250 MPH and is specially designed to do all the things listed above.
All of that made me recommend it to one of my friends who wanted to make her own baby food. She wanted something a bit stylish that could get the job done right, and this machine definitely fits the bill.
She told me that it makes her spinach, squash, and pear baby food recipe in a matter of seconds, which has a less gritty consistency than the food she used to make in her old blender.
The 3-program settings are definitely a plus and although this blender does not have any eye-popping features, it has the basic controls and settings that are essential, such as a smoothie, soups, and dips mode that you can press in an instant.
One thing that I am not a big fan of is its 64-Ounce BPA-Free Tritan Plastic Jar. It is made of a sturdy type of plastic and there are no leak issues (as long as you follow the maximum holding capacity of the jar).
But I find that plastic is a poor substitute for glass when it comes to odor retention. I have thrown out a plastic blender or two just for that very reason. But if you always clean it after every use then I see no reason for any smell to permeate in this blender.
This blender also has a whopping 7-year limited warranty, although I am sure the limited here refers to any motor problems. But I guess that goes to show you how much confidence Oster has in its products.
The blender also makes some noise, although not as bad as some on this list. The base is sturdy when you blend but it does shake quite a bit.
Overall this is a solid blender that really makes great smoothies and purees.
There is a very good reason why I own this particular blender. Make that three reasons - price, speed, and convenience. I would highly recommend this to workout warriors who want a personal, no fuss blender that is easy to clean.
If you are in the market for a personal blender that can easily whip up milk and protein powder, then do yourself a favor and buy one of these babies. It's 250-watt motor is sufficient to blend your protein shake but will struggle if you place harder ingredients to it.
If you want to add other flavors, you might need a juicer as this model is not built for that, but I added softer ingredients like bananas and it did an okay job with it.
I don't think I have to tell you that ice is a big no no. The motor heats up a bit when I tried this. But if you really want ice in your blended drinks, then you could add a little liquid and break the cubes step by step until you get the right consistency. Make sure that you start with smaller ice cubes as large chunks will spell trouble for the machine.
The manufacturer says there is a resettable fuse should the machine overheat; you just have to wait for a good 15 minutes. Fortunately, I've never had to use this feature.
The cup is a dishwasher safe 20 oz. container. This is a big plus for me as I can easily whip up a shake, clean it, and just store it after. That's pretty nifty for something that I just use to make shakes.
Overall this is a solid protein shake blender that does a good job with its intended purpose.
You might think that the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender is not a good candidate for providing the best ice crushing power on account of its 700 watts motor, but the way its blades are designed makes it exceptional for the task. Hamilton Beach's patented ice saber blades are designed to specifically crush ice.
Though not as power as some of the blenders here, the 700-watt motor gives it enough juice to crush even larger chunks of ice, although it is still advisable to just use ice cubes for this product.
The blender jar is sizable enough at 40 oz., so it can whip up smoothies for two to three workout buddies, and is made of glass, so it’s almost completely odor free.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher also has a nifty cord storage that makes this sleek blender look even better on your countertop.
This blender also has other modes that definitely take away any guesswork from mixing pureeing, dicing and, of course, ice crushing.
An annoying thing about blenders is how much noise they make, which does not help if you live in an apartment with very thin walls. Try blending at 4AM in the morning and you will wake all the howling dogs in your city. Some blenders definitely won't win you a neighbor of the year award.
Luckily, there is a blender out there that not only minimizes noise, but also delivers crushing power in the Jamba's Quiet Blend Blender.
The concept is pretty simple; the blender can be enclosed with a lid that effectively minimizes the noise from its 1.6 HP motor.
But how does it stack against other blenders? Quite formidable actually. It pulverizes ice and other ingredients in seconds.
One caveat is that it does not have many features like settings and modes. It acts like a normal blender with speed settings and pulse mode.
It comes with a blend and go cup for who want a health shake after a tough workout.
It's quite commercial looking but still very sleek, and is a great addition if you are concerned about noise and love working out when other people are asleep.
There you go. This is the best blender for protein shakes for workout fanatics and beginners alike. If you have any stories or comments regarding this topic, please feel free to write them in the space below.
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